Never been on cruise before? Curious? Lately, we have noticed that more and more people are taking to the high seas for their holidays.
Who knows what draws them. Maybe it’s the luxury. Maybe it’s the fine choice of dining and entertainment. Maybe it’s the peace of mind of knowing that, on the sea, you are far detached from life’s ups and downs. Maybe it’s because it is different and very unlike a sun holiday. Or maybe it’s the variety that’s afforded on a cruising holiday – many stops in a variety of destinations, with tonnes of activities. You literally wake up somewhere new every day.
Whatever the reason, cruise holidays never disappoint. One thing is for certain; you will never forget your first cruise holiday, but it will probably be the one that you will be most apprehensive about. But that’s OK – it’s all part of the experience.
Here at Abbey Travel, we are well used to advising people about cruise holidays – those people varying from first time cruisers to “professional” cruisers. This post is for the newbies. So sit tight and listen up.
Where should you go on your first cruise holiday?
There are lots and lots of great cruises to choose from – we love the Med cruises in particular. However, if you are in any way apprehensive about your first cruise holiday, we would always advise you to choose a short cruise. A firm favourite among newbie cruisers at the moment is our Bahamas cruise, which begins in beautiful Orlando. This cruise is a 4 night cruise that brings you through some gorgeous destinations – Miami in Florida, Nassau and CocoCay in the Bahamas, and Key West in Florida.
If you have ever dreamt of swimming with dolphins and Nemo-like fish, or sipping cocktails while lazing in a hammock overlooking white sands and blue seas, or watching the sun rise while you sip champagne, or taking in the cultural intricacies and differences of each destination, you will love this cruise. What’s more is that whether you are an older couple, a family of four, or even a newly loved up couple, the Bahamas cruise has something for everyone. It’s a really versatile and enjoyable cruise.
Quick fire tips for your first cruise
Carry-on luggage: be sure to bring enough to last until after dinner, as your luggage can take a while to get to your cabin – swimming togs, cameras, medications, footwear, sunscreen, and a change of clothes and toiletries.
Book your shore excursions before you leave: It will save you money and hassle!
Familiarise yourself with tipping policies: Every cruise ship is different. Tipping is not usually mandatory on board, but it is expected. Typically, customary gratuities are added to your on-board account, which you can alter if you wish. We suggest budgeting €7 per person per day for tipping.
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